John Ball Zoo

Virtual Safaris

    Join John Ball Zoo educators for a virtual safari! Each safari features a different animal or groups of animals and is fun for the whole family! Safaris are short 20-30 minute programs. Questions are encouraged via the chat function. 

    Sessions Cost $3/Member and $5/Non-Members

    Register *Please note the Zoo may need to change the specific animal of focus without notice due to animal care or staffing. 


    Animal Adventures Safari with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    We're teaming up with Meijer Gardens to bring you fun animal information and sculpture exploration for 2 unique Virutal Safaris on February 6 & 13! You'll travel virtually to both sites in the same program and get a link to a video tutorial for an awesome art activity or activity to do at home. Pricing is the same for this Animal Adventures Series with Meijer Gardens.  

    February 6 - Toad-ally Awesome Amphibians! - Animal Adventures Series with Meijer Gardens - What makes a poison dart frog poisonous? What do you call a group of toads? Plus we will have a ribbetting time as we hop behind the scenes. We'll venture over to Meijer Gardens and explore a toad-ally awesome sculpture and share a tutorial for an activity you can do at home. 

    February 13 - I will Owl-ways Love You - Animal Adventure Series with Meijer Gardens - Whoooo loves owls? We do! Learn all about these silent hunters and how they turn heads here in Michigan. Meijer Gardens will showcase an owl sculpture and share a great art activity to make at home. 



    Valentine's Day Virtual Safari - Adults Only

    Sunday, February 14 at 8:30 pm
    Join us for a special Valentine's Day edition of our Virtual Safari program!
    *This program will be 45-60 minutes in length. Please note the content is intended for adults only. The program is live and is not recorded, refunds cannot be given if program is missed. 
    Pricing: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

    February 14 - More than just the Birds and the Bees - Adults Only - Join us as we learn how different animals date, mate, and procreate. Sneak a peek into the surprising world of animal breeding here at John Ball Zoo and in the wild.



    Winter 2021 - Critter Close-Ups 

    Saturday's, January 9 - March 20 at 10am

    February 20 - Polly wants the Spotlight - Parrots love attention so this safari is all about them. Even though they are not able to carry a conversation, they sometimes like to have the last word. 

    February 27 - Am I bugging you? - Bugs don't have to bug you. Cockroaches are amazing and diverse animals that do wonders for the environment. Join us to find out why their hairy legs are so important. 

    March 6 - Hawkward or not? - Big or little, birds of prey are very talon-ted. Sharpen your raptor knowledge during this critter-close up without becoming prey. 

    March 13 - For Goodness Snakes Hissss-torically snakes are not everyone's favorite animal but you have to admire their ability to ssssurvive. They can win any staring contest and most like to hug. Zoom in to learn about all of the goodness they provide the environment. 

    March 20 - All Quacked Up - Do you know how hard it is to get your ducks in a row? Splash into spring as we introduce you to some of our favorite feathery friends...chances are they will not be in a row.